Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has provided a unique platform for readers and writers to explore the issues and ideas that matter most to those over 50. Our aim has been to remind people that it's never too late to change your life, pursue your passion or prioritize personal happiness and wellbeing over traditional definitions of success. We've emphasized the importance of self-reliance -- but also the importance of friends and family. And indeed, for many people, the family member who has made the biggest impact is a grandparent.
And so, with National Grandparents Day coming up on Sept. 11, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate the incredible contributions grandparents have made in our lives. From what we've seen, grandparents aren't ready for the sidelines. They want to be active, engaged, involved and appreciated.
With all this in mind, we're asking for your help -- in two different ways -- as we seek to honor grandparents and the way grandparents today are breaking the traditional "grandparent mold."
1. We want to know about grandparents who are breaking the "grandparent mold." Do you have a grandparent or are you a grandparent who is doing incredible things, i.e. everything from sailing around the world to jumping out of airplanes to starting an exciting new business to finding love again? What makes your grandparent unique or what makes you a very unusual grandparent?
2. Also, we'd love to hear how your own grandparents enriched your lives in 250 words or less. We want to know how they inspired you and what made them so special. We want to know about that one memory of them that never fades. And with those words, we want you to email us your favorite photo of your grandparent.
During the week of National Grandparents Day, we'll publish our favorite submissions and photos -- including a massive display of your photos on Sept. 11. What a wonderful keepsake and a great way for you -- and for us -- to celebrate grandparents and grandchildren.
Please email photos and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org -- no later than Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. eastern. And please put "grandparents" in the subject line.
Thanks for your help!